People cutting on food, medication or doctor visits due to poverty in Finland 2018

This statistic displays the share of people cutting on food, medication, or doctor visits because of lack of money within the last 12 months in Finland in 2018, by level of education. According to the results of the survey, approximately 20 percent of all respondents had cut on food, medication, or doctor visits due to shortage of money. With roughly 26 percent, the share of people with a basic education cutting on essentials was approximately five percent more than the average, and ten percent more than people with a higher degree.

In the past 12 months, have you cut on food, medication, or doctor visits because of lack of money?

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period


Number of respondents

10,000 respondents

Age group

20 years and older

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

The original question was phrased by the source as follows: "Oletteko joskus 12 viime kuukauden aikana:" Kysymyspatterin alakysymyksinä esitettiin a) pelännyt, että teiltä loppuu ruoka, ennen kuin saatte rahaa ostaaksenne lisää?, b) joutunut tinkimään lääkkeiden ostosta rahan puutteen vuoksi? ja c) jättänyt rahan puutteen vuoksi käymättä lääkärissä? Vastausvaihtoehtoina esitettiin 1) en ja 2) kyllä. Tarkastelussa on vähintään yhteen, useampaan tai kaikkin alakysymyksiin vaihtoehdolla 1) kyllä vastanneiden osuus. Osuuksille on laskettu 95 % luottamusvälit huomioiden otanta-asetelma."

The source provides the following information: "Information is collected by a mail and online questionnaire.
The respondents are at least 20 years old and have permanent residency in Finland. There is no upper age limit.
The questionnaire is sent to people drawn by random sampling from the data of the Population Register Centre.
The questionnaire form is available in Finnish, Swedish, Russian and English. The survey is carried out annually at the national level (sample size 10,000). This allows processing the findings only on the national level, not by any smaller regions.
Once every four years, the sample size is expanded to enable following the changes by counties at a rough level (sample size 3,300/county)."

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